Friday, November 29, 2013

Sample Interview with a Missionary

The following is a simple interview with a missionary that you may use to promote your Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Young people or adults can use a script to do "pretend" interviews. Look in your missions magazines (all age levels) to find stories about missionaries in various places around the world, then write your scripts to sound like an interview. This one is geared toward an adult SS class, but you can adapt it to younger children and youth. This is like a little mini-drama. Your young people will enjoy active participation, so call on them for these interviews. Have people ready for the interviews four to six Sundays before you plan to take the offering. This should not take more than
5-7 minutes of your Sunday School class time.

Mrs. Johnson: (to Sunday School class) Good Morning. This is Julie Pickern. She and her husband Gene are missionaries in the Dominican Republic. She has agreed to an interview that will help us understand a little about what her life is like on the mission field.

Stan (Sunday School Teacher):  Julie, we are so pleased to have you visit with us today. Tell us about your call to missions. How did that happen.?

Julie: When I was a senior in high school, I asked Jesus to be my Savior and the Lord of my life. That summer I went on a mission trip to Mexico and from then on I knew God was calling me to missions. In college I met my husband Gene, whom God had also called to be a missionary.

Sometimes the path God puts us on is confusing, and we often wander before we find our way. Gene was called to pastor right out of seminary and his ministry was very successful. We thought maybe that was where God wanted us to serve for a while. Then there were children and family. One thing after another seemed to keep us from going to the mission field. When we finally applied, the International Mission Board told us our children were too old, that they did not send people whose children were over twelve years of age to the foreign field. We were somewhat discouraged, but Gene just kept preaching and God kept blessing. When the last child went away to college, we applied again, and in 2001, we were appointed to serve in the Dominican Republic.

Stan:  Where are you ministering now?

Julie:  We are church planters in Santa Domingo, a city of over four million.  We work in one of the poorest parts of the city. In spite of their poverty, the people are very hospitable and have welcomed us into their homes to visit and to do Bible studies. Bible studies in homes are my favorite thing because that's where we are able to teach them and win them to Christ.We have come to love them very much and some of them are like our extended family. If the women work, they clean houses. A lot of men work construction; some work as retail clerks, and some find one temporary job after another. There are not enough schools and the children go to school in shifts, sometimes three shifts a day.

Stan:  What is a typical day like for you on the mission field?

Julie:  Well, we have developed a routine that suits our needs and the needs of those to whom we minister. We spend the first part of the morning in quiet time together with God, studying the Word and praying about the work. Afterwards Gene takes care of business and answers emails while I do household chores. Afternoons are usually spent doing Bible studies---several a day, and of course we attend church on Sunday. Because traffic is horrific and lines are long, we try to avoid going into town unless it is necessary. We usually devote one day a week to going into town to pay bills, buy necessities, and run errands. We have a very busy life, but we love every minute of it.
God has really blessed our work with the Dominican people.

Stan:  Where do you get your support for your mission work?

Julie:  Without people like you there would be no missionaries. All of our support comes from faithful Baptist churches who give to the Cooperative Program and from WMU's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Every penny of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goes directly to missionaries. So I want to thank you for supporting us and praying for us.

Mrs. Johnson:  I wish we had more time, but Julie has to visit another class now. Bye.